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Theo Walcott Signs For Everton

Ryan Sidle

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Theo Walcott Signs For Everton

Theo Walcott has ended 12 years at Arsenal by signing a deal with Everton with the Toffees spending £20 million on the English forward as Sam Allardyce continues his evolution at Goodison Park.

Walcott joined Arsenal in 2006 as a teenager from Southampton who had only played a handful of games in the Championship. That summer he was taken to the World Cup despite not playing a single game for the Gunners.

He didn't get on the pitch during the tournament in Germany but he returned to the Emirates to play 32 times the next season, scoring his first goal in the league cup.

Walcott was just 16 years old when he joined Arsenal. Image: PA Images
Walcott was just 16 years old when he joined Arsenal. Image: PA Images

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This has been Walcott's 13th season at the club but he has only made six appearances off the bench in the Premier League equalling a total of 64 minutes of game time in the league.

The 28 year old now moves to Goodison Park where Sam Allardyce is building his squad having already signed Cenk Tosun from Besiktas earlier this month as he attempts to revitalise his strike force.

In the summer Everton obviously lost Romelu Lukaku for a huge fee and, then manager, Ronald Koeman set about replacing his goals but his transfer policy didn't work out and he was sacked with the team in a difficult position.

He had signed Davy Klaassen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nikola Vlasic, Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney to solve the problem of replicating Lukaku's goals but other than Rooney none of the others seemed to fill the role.

Allardyce, having left Crystal Palace at the end of last season, didn't seem to be the club's first choice as it took them a month to announce him as the new manager but he has so far steered them clear of the relegation zone in typical Big Sam fashion.

Walcott saw many players come and go at Arsenal. Image: PA Images.
Walcott saw many players come and go at Arsenal. Image: PA Images.

Walcott ends his time at the Emirates with 108 goals in 397 appearances and having helped the club win two FA Cups however there will always be the feeling that he didn't quite reach the heights his potential hinted at.

Perhaps we'll finally see the best of Walcott in a new environment. Could he make Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad?

Topics: Football News, Premier League, Everton, Theo Walcott, Arsenal

Ryan Sidle
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